Many photographers have trouble with capturing good images in school gyms. I read many blog entries every year from photos who want to know what settings to use. My pics are blurry, or too dark, too much noise etc. ! So, the solution? !!!
Well, it's just not that easy. Using the P or A exposure settings will not do it for you. The next up in using or controlling your camera is necessary. Learning to use Aperture priority (AV on Canon bodies), shutter priority (TV on Canon bodies) and Manual settings is necessary. even on the Sports setting you will not get consistently good images.
The Exposure Triangle - three components control the camera's exposure result…Aperture (or lens opening), Shutter Speed, and ISO ( relates to how quickly the camera's computer reacts and processes the light (image info) coming in through the lens. The lens being used is also a controlling or possibly limiting factor as well. Limiting in the sense that it's aperture can only open so wide and with a zoom lens, it likely changes it's aperture (goes smaller) as you zoom out to get a closer composition. Getting smaller lets less light into the camera, resulting in a darker image. these are called Variable Aperture lenses. A higher grade lens, usually more expensive, is called a constant aperture lens.
One method to work towards capturing a decent action image is to set a shutter speed of 1/400, aperture of f3.5 ( usually the widest on a variable aperture lens, and an ISO of 1600. Too dark?…raise the ISO to 2000, 2500 or perhaps higher. This can only be done by using the Manual exposure setting on your camera.
For a hands on lesson or 'hand holding' session, email me for an appointment. It is only $25.00 for 2 hours of instruction and actual sports action shooting. You shoot, ask questions and get answers. Also learn about composition, what and when to shoot. Andsome basic post processing (editing) tips.
Email me today while indoor sports action is Hot! My email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Steve Hopkins Photography